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How to Avoid Outdoor Party Disasters because of Rain

Updated on September 8, 2011

An outdoor party is supposed to be fun. You get to have a lot of space and there are plenty of activities that could be done on the outside. But, all of these could be spoiled if the rain pours. And so, here are a few things that you need to know when planning for a party while considering this heavy downpour.

Know what the weather will be two weeks before the party. This length of time is just about the moment that you are still planning for the event. So, even if you hear the news that the climate won't be too accommodating at about that date, you will have enough time to change your plans a bit.

You could just opt to transfer the party inside the house or a building to be comfortable despite the rain. Or, you may decide to have the party on a day when the weather will be fairer.

Listen to the forecast immediately before the party. As weather forecasts aren't totally accurate, you will not solely rely on last week's report. If you are having an event the day after, it will be the time to check what the climate will be as it may be more accurate.

If you find out that the weather won't be too good, at least you could still make some last minute adjustments.

Avoid the rainy seasons (because more likely than not, water will pour). Planning parties during the summer or at months when the weather is friendly is a good idea. As much as possible, avoid outdoor parties. This should be the step that you will take especially if you are living in an area where the rain is nonstop during a season.

But if you couldn't get away from not throwing a party even on rainy days, there are still a few things that you could do in order to make the event a successful one.

Serve finger foods. A sit down outdoor party may easily turn into a disaster when it will suddenly rain. When you are serving this menu, it will be easier to move the visitors to a dryer place when the rain comes pouring down. Also, you could be able to salvage as much food as you will when it rains.

Outdoor party with shelters. You will still have an outdoor party with enough roofing to protect you from the rain. You could put up tents for this purpose. Just remember not to make it feel like the event is done indoors by making the area feel too closed off from the surroundings. Roofs and poles to keep them upright will be enough to have.

Party in the rain. Let your guests know that the party is expected to get wet, literally. When you have warned them, all would be able to enjoy even if it comes pouring. Instead of throwing a regular outdoor event, you could opt to make it into a pool party so everyone doesn't mind getting wet.


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    • GregoryMoore profile image

      Gregory Moore 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Excellent tips. A friend of mine hosted the 4th of July party and there was rain 3 years straight. Those outdoor party shelters that you mentioned are a great idea. There are places in most towns that will rent them, so you don't have to incur the expense of purchasing one. He must have had 40 people under his.

    • maryLuu profile image

      maryLuu 5 years ago

      Great ideas!